brushfire

adjective brush·fire \ ˈbrəsh-ˌfī(-ə)r \

Definition of brushfire

:involving mobilization only on a small and local scale
  • brushfire border wars

First Known Use of brushfire

1954


brush fire

noun

Definition of brush fire

1 :a fire involving low-growing plants (such as scrub and brush)
2 :a minor conflict or crisis
  • putting out political brush fires

First Known Use of brush fire

1850


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